Spirituality has been recognized as a core element of addiction since the launch of the first recovery model. The misconception that spirituality and religion are the same often cause people with no religious affiliation or desire to reject the significance of fitting spirituality into the framework of recovery. However, overcoming addiction involves restoring the delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit.
People with spiritual addiction recovery stories typically are those that have been able to incorporate all components necessary to achieve full recovery. Spirituality is a universal aspect of the human experience. It is about who we are, what our life is about and our connection to others. Addiction is a strong disconnector. It’s all consuming and pervasive process destroys self-control and put the addict on the destructive path. Overtime addiction confuses right from wrong and destroys the ability to voluntarily choose sobriety over substance abuse.
A key element in spiritual addiction recovery stories is the restoration of the addict’s internal moral compass. As such, spirituality is not a set of rules or guidelines handed to you as a religious practice but through an innate need to experience life fully and to the best of your ability, on your own terms. This is impossible when addiction dictate behavior.
In Kerriann’s recovery story it took some time before she realized that overcoming her struggle with addiction was not just about giving up drugs. “I thought all I needed to do was take care of the physical part of my addiction” she said. However, after multiple detox procedures she recognized there were underlying issues that complicated her ability to sustain her sobriety. When Kerriann finally embraced and accepted the spiritual as well as the physical treatment of her addiction she was then able to address underlying issues with grief and loss that were contributing to her need to self-medicate away her pain with drugs.
Griffin, like Kerriann, experienced his healing from addiction by recognizing the importance of spirituality in the recovery process. In his own words, he said he realized that although people came from different cultural backgrounds, nationalities, states, countries and socioeconomic realities that they share the same pain, the same disease, the same demons and the same weaknesses. “That’s when I realized such vast differences… became so easily non-existent in our spiritual realm” he said.
The common suggestion in addiction recovery to “embrace Your Own Spiritual Path as Part of Recovery” is repeated in many 12-step meeting forums. It encourages a spiritual awakening that typically leads to a desire to experience growth and development and a desire to helping others rather than the futile regression of addiction. The spiritual reawakening that occurs during the recovery process replaces denial, which is a common characteristic of the substance abuse experience. Truth and honest acceptance of self and the need for support and connection to others keep the deception of denial at bay. The combination of holistic and conventional remedies provides the comprehensive care that enable people to achieve spiritual and physical recovery. The reality is that one is incomplete without the other. Incorporation of spiritually focused therapies in the recovery process help people to accept themselves and lose the shame-based emotions fueled by the negative and harmful patterns caused by addiction. It also entails recognizing and getting past hurts of the past and gaining new insights and goals for a different future. To read other addicts stories visit us here.
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